If you were physically and mentally unwell and didn't feel capable of working at all (but had to), which of these two scenarios would you pick?
Current job, which isn't making me terribly happy (may be partially due to illness) but have the support of excellent managers who understand what I am going through and are very flexible with hours/days when you are unwell.
New job, less days a week, higher pressure/responsibility, better working environment, more challenging work (has positives and negatives), better benefits, better long term prospects, but no flexibility/understanding of illness until I've had the chance to prove myself, presumably. Male, very senior manager.
So as not to drip feed, have been signed off with this issue at some points, at current time don't know when I'll be better (being prescribed more pills and waiting for results of biopsy), and it is having a severe impact on my day-to-day living. New pills may help, but they may not, and have to decide before I will know. Doctors are stumped, and have been unwell for the best part of a year.
Understanding managers and flexibility are important
Added pressure in the potential new role, plus the stress of starting a new role in itself, plus the lack of understanding and flexibility would all be red flags for me (I have long term anxiety and depression, have had a couple of periods of long term sick but work full time)
Current job, especially if you have been there for 2 years so you have some degree of protection when it comes to employment rights. You won’t have that in the new job, so if you don’t achieve what they want you could be out of there very quickly. As someone who has a long history of depression, I would also say don’t underestimate the stress of starting a new job. How would this impact on your health?
I was in the the exact same scenario a year ago. I chose to move jobs thinking a new environment would be best for me. I regretted the decision immediately. I had underestimated the value of a familiar environment and a supportive team. Only you can say what is right for you at this time. But you may be better off dealing with your current issues where you are and save any big changes until you are feeling better. Is there any chance of meeting with your current managers to talk through your concerns about your health and maybe come to a compromise that would suit you both?
I'd stay put until you have one answers to your health questions and some idea of next steps in treatment etc. If your current set up are being helpful and supportive, you'll only be under a lot of pressure to prove yourself in a new environment which might be of detriment to your health. The you have some answers and feel better you'll be in a stronger position to make a move.
Stay put. There will always be opportunities in the future and the most important thing is your health. The new job whilst sounds great on paper might make things severely worse for you.
At the minute you have understanding managers and the role seems to suit. I'd usually encourage anyone to make a move to a job with better prospects and more responsibility but that might just be the unravelling of you. But in this instance, no. Stay put and focus on your health. Everything else can come after.